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Rankings & Honors

  • Recognized nationally as a Tier One firm—the highest possible ranking—in “Employment Law—Management” and “Litigation—Labor & Employment” by U.S. News/Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” Our employment group is also recognized in every metropolitan area we practice
  • Employment attorneys ranked as leading lawyers in their fields by Chambers USA/Global
  • Ranked by Law360 as an Employment 100 firm
  • National and metropolitan honors from publications like Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and other directories and publications


We manage the short- and long-term immigration aspects of hiring and retaining foreign national talent so that employers can build a workforce that will carry them into the future.

Our approach

In the coming years, companies competing in the global marketplace will increasingly depend on the skills and expertise of talent from around the world. Individuals will continue to seek the relative stability of the U.S. for investment and domicile.

We streamline and manage the processes associated with employing foreign nationals in the U.S., helping our clients to navigate the bureaucratic maze of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Department of Labor and the Department of State.

We’ve helped employers to secure non-immigrant visas and green cards for employees from nearly every country in the world. So whether you’re looking to hire your first foreign national employee or your hundredth, we’ve got you covered.

And if you’re an entrepreneur or investor, we have the experience that you will need to travel through the maze to get your initial investor visa or your green card.

Who we work with

  • U.S. organizations looking to hire foreign nationals
  • Foreign companies expanding operations in the U.S. and transferring key foreign employees
  • Investors and entrepreneurs
  • NAFTA Professionals from Canada and Mexico
  • Foreign artists, athletes and entertainers coming to the U.S. to perform or compete

Representative experience

  • Advise regional center projects from I-526 approvals through I-829 filings for its EB-5 investors.
  • Represent foreign corporations seeking to expand operations to the U.S. obtain E and L visas for critical foreign employees; advise multinational clients on strategy to obtain blanket L qualification for worldwide subsidiaries.
  • Strategize with companies affected by the H-1B visa cap regarding alternatives; help employers navigate transition to H-1B status of foreign national students employed in OPT status pursuant to cap-gap and STEM extensions.
  • Facilitate employment of NAFTA Professionals in TN visa status.
  • Obtain P visas for foreign artists, athletes and entertainers coming to the U.S. to perform or compete.
  • Counsel clients on the impact of complex corporate organizational changes on employment authorization of foreign national employees.
  • Assist companies in obtaining permanent resident status for key foreign national employees including:
    • Strategic advice regarding the different employment-based categories and employee’s eligibility;
    • Representation before the U.S. Department of Labor in PERM labor certification processes; and
    • Preparation of immigrant petitions to USCIS in all employment-based categories and related adjustment of status applications.
  • Represent investors seeking temporary E visas or permanent EB-5 green cards with all aspects of their investment.
  • Provide training to human resources personnel regarding Form I-9 employment eligibility verification compliance and best practices.
  • Conduct I-9 audits and advise of necessary corrections for clients ranging from publicly held companies with 10,000+ I-9s to small independently owned farms and companies.
  • Represent clients subject to government investigations into immigration-related compliance issues.

Media Clips

  • Will This Be the Year for Immigration Reform?
    Rochester Business Journal | March 29, 2013

    Rochester partner and leader of the firm’s Immigration practice Patti Morrison discusses immigration reform.

  • Optional Special Selection and Recruitment Green Cards: Who Is a 'Teacher'?
    New York Law Journal | August 6, 2012

    This bylined article coauthored by Rochester immigration partner Patti Morrison and Boston immigration associate Courtney New focuses on college and university faculty appointees and their eligibility for Optional Special Recruitment and Selection labor certifications.

  • The Hard Road H-1B Workers Must Travel
    Rochester Business Journal | May 25, 2012

    Rochester partner and leader of the firm’s Immigration team Patti Morrison provides commentary in this article discussing the challenges that H-1B workers face.


Employment authorization extended to certain H-4 dependent spouses
Immigration Alert | February 25, 2015

H-1B visas will be available again in April, but there won't be enough to go around
Immigration Alert | January 29, 2015

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The New AB 60 Driver's License for Undocumented Individuals in California
Immigration Alert | January 21, 2015

The political fight moves to the courts: 17 states challenge the constitutionality of President Obama's immigration executive order
Immigration Alert | December 4, 2014

What does the president's immigration directive mean for U.S. businesses and highly skilled foreign nationals?
Immigration Alert | November 21, 2014

Diversity Green Card Lottery (DV-2016)
Immigration Alert | September 24, 2014

Demand for EB-5 investor visas by Chinese applicants exhausts annual supply
Immigration Law Alert | August 29, 2014

Plan ahead: Visa issuance delays continue to plague U.S. consulates around the world
Immigration Alert | August 1, 2014

Still considering a voluntary disclosure to the IRS? This may be a good time to do it.
Tax Alert | April 1, 2014

H-1B visas: a new filing season is coming, but expect visas to be in short supply
Immigration Alert | January 7, 2014

The Labor and Employment Law crystal ball: Trends and developments for 2014
Employment Law Alert | December 27, 2013

California Employment Legislation: What's New for 2014?
Employment Law Alert | November 12, 2013

Where's my Form I-94?
Immigration Law Alert | October 17, 2013

Government shutdown 2013: Immigration impacts
Immigration Law Alert | October 1, 2013

Diversity green card lottery (DV-2015)
Immigration Law Alert | September 17, 2013

I-9s continue to trip up employers
Immigration Law Alert | August 13, 2013

DOMA is (mostly) done. What U.S. v. Windsor means for employers
Employment Law Alert | June 28, 2013

Are you using the current version of Form I-9?
Immigration Law Alert | May 16, 2013

The new I-9 form is here: use of prior versions should be discontinued after 5/7/2013
Immigration Law Alert | March 12, 2013

H-1B visas: A new filing season is coming
Immigration Law Alert | March 1, 2013

Complying with U.S. export controls without violating anti-discrimination laws
Export Controls Alert | January 9, 2013

Diversity green card lottery (DV-2014)
Immigration Alert | September 21, 2012

Optional special selection and recruitment green cards: Who is a college or university "teacher?"
Immigration Law Alert | September 19, 2012

Optional Special Selection and Recruitment Green Cards: Who Is a ‘Teacher'?
New York Law Journal Special Report: Immigration Law | August 6, 2012

H-1B visas: Going, going…almost gone
Immigration Law Alert | May 31, 2012

H-1B visas: going faster this year?
Immigration Law Alert | April 9, 2012

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